Views From DC: Le Diplomate

In the last of our three part blog series focusing on our professional adventure at America’s Small Business Summit, here’s a quick review of our experience dining in DC.

The dining options in DC are endless. After perusing the many possibilities, we put a call into Chef Kyle Baddorf of Philadelphia’s SAMPAN/Double Knot who highly recommended that we wine & dine at Le Diplomate, nestled in the heart of Capital City. Fortunately, we were able to squeeze in a 5:30p reservation, leaving us just enough time to enjoy our last meal in the District before heading home to Philly.

The charming ambiance set our night off right with it’s vintage French vibe & outdoor seating arrangements. Shortly after being seated on the patio, we were greeted with two congratulatory glasses of bubbly, courtesy of Laurie Satran. Upon our server’s suggestion, we ordered one of the drink specials & we were not disappointed – so divine. We savored every last bite of the warm bread & smoked salmon spread. The steak tartare de parc was so fresh & delicious. The pea soup & the french onion soup were both delightful, leaving us eager for our entrees. The half roast chicken embodied everything I was hoping for – the chicken was so flavorful and the potatoes were mashed to perfection – and Danielle’s lobster risotto was rich, creamy & full of the decadent shellfish.  Just when we thought we couldn’t possibly eat any more, our server surprised us with dessert. Needless to say, we quickly found room & it was worth every last bite!

The service was impeccable, the food was exquisite and the overall atmosphere aimed to please. Le Diplomate exceeded expectations & we highly recommend stopping here.

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